Learner's definition of MANNER
1 [singular], somewhat formal : the way that something is done or happens — often used after in
Continue stirring in this manner until the sauce thickens.
In this manner, we were able to save enough money for a new car.
In what manner was the data collected? [=how was the data collected?]
We worked in a quick manner. [=we worked quickly]
She taught her class in an informal manner.
He always begins his stories in the same manner.
We were allowed to spend the money in any manner we wanted.
2 a [count] : the way that a person normally behaves especially while with other people — usually singular
b manners [plural] : behavior while with other people c manners [plural] : knowledge of how to behave politely while with other people
He had a gentle manner (about him).
He listened patiently to his children, as was his manner.
It was her energetic and friendly manner that got her the job.
Some people have no manners.
Someone should teach you some manners!
He forgot his manners and reached across the table for the salt.
◊ To remember/mind your manners is to behave in a polite and proper way.
3 [singular] : an artistic style or method — often used in the phrase in/after the manner of
all manner of
: all kinds or sorts of (things or people)
in a manner of speaking
— used to say that a statement is true or accurate in a certain way even if it is not literally or completely true
His retirement was, in a manner of speaking, the beginning of his real career.
After the storm destroyed their house, they were, in a manner of speaking [=so to speak, as it were], lost at sea. [=they felt lost and confused after their house was destroyed]
not by any manner of means
to the manner born
: suited to a particular position, role, or status in a way that seems very natural
what manner ofold-fashioned + literary